Fanaika planning visit to Baton Rouge


BATON ROUGE, La. -- Signing day has come and gone, but LSU is still trying to plug some missing holes in the class of 2012.

The Tigers search has taken them to the College of San Mateo, a junior college in California, this past week.

There, LSU is hoping to secure the services of San Mateo offensive tackle Fehoko Fanaika, the school’s standout offensive guard in the 2012 class. LSU joined the likes of stalwart programs such as Georgia and Nebraska when offensive line coach Greg Studrawa called to offer Fanaika a scholarship.

"What’s not to like about those guys? They've got a great program," said Tim Tullich, the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at San Mateo. "Coach Stud called this week and said they wanted to offer him, so he's going to go take a look."

Tullich said Fanaika is slated to take a visit to Baton Rouge on Feb. 24, making the trip from California to see what the Tigers have to offer.

Fanaika himself has quite a bit to offer LSU. Tullich listed Fanaika at a whopping 6-foot-6, 350 pounds -- monstrous by any standards. With a guard of that size on the line, Tullich said the Bulldogs' running game had no problem in 2011.

"He's big, physical ... very athletic for his size," Tullich said. "Our offense led the nation in rushing, over 300 yards per game, and he was the anchor. He was a first-team All-American, and he's going to be an excellent player at the next level."

That much seems certain, based on the programs that are taking notice of Fanaika's potential. LSU and Georgia aren't the only SEC program interested in the big man, as he recently took a visit to Florida -- a trip Tullich said he enjoyed.

The Tigers don't traditionally have a lot of luck signing prospects from the west coast. Distance usually plays a pretty big factor, which is something Fanaika will experience when he visits in about 10 days' time.

But as a prospect who Tullich believes has a chance to play professionally, Fanaika is on the lookout for the right fit -- regardless of location.

"A lot of kids see another program as an opportunity to see a new part of the country," he said. "But he's really just looking for the right fit with the right coaching staff -- coaches who are going to help him develop and help him graduate.”

David Helman covers LSU sports for GeauxTigerNation. He can be reached at helmanespn@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @HelmanESPN.